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Metanephrines (24 Hour Urine)

Alias: N/A

Discipline: Clinical Chemistry

Test information: A phaeochromocytoma (PCC) is a neuroendocrine tumour of the adrenal medulla (originating in the chromaffin cells,) or extra-adrenal chromaffin tissue that failed to involute after birth which typically secretes excessive amounts of catecholamines - usually noradrenaline (norepinephrine) and adrenaline (epinephrine) to a lesser extent. Urinary metanephrines assay is the first-line screening test for phaeochromocytoma.

Specimen Type(s)
  • Urine;
Other Acceptable Specimen Type(s)
Specimen Container - Adult
  • 24hr Urine - Black Bottle (Plain);
Specimen Container - Paediatric
  • 24hr Urine - Black Bottle (Plain);
  • N/A;
Part of a test profile?
Volume (min) of sample to be sent to laboratory
Full 24 hour collection
Patient Preparation, Sample Handling and Transport
A number of drugs and foods may affect results. Please refer to accompanying leaflet for full list of foods to avoid. 24 hour urine containers can be ordered through Clinical chemistry, contact us on 01872 252540 or via ICE mail or to request a container, a patient information leaflet will also be included.
Maximum add on time
Units and Reference Ranges / Interpretation
Age related. Refer to report
UKAS number
UKAS accredited test?

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Last updated: 29-06-2023